Saturday, February 17, 2007
The bloggers biggest liability to the Edwards campaign wasn't so much their ideas, as the way they expressed them. They are unable to communicate above a locker room level- a teenage male locker room level, that is. (At least one of the bloggers seems to realize that language counts, but the other is hopeless. On first reading this apologia, at Salon, one may be forgiven for thinking that yes, she can write without swearing, but it only takes seven paragraphs to lapse:
A few days after my announcement, another in a series of inept s*
**tstorms in the right-wing blogosphere came to my attention.
Perhaps she has just had a bad upbringing and doesn't know how to rise above the vulgar. But, as a woman who works in a once male-dominated field, let me give you young women some advise. The women of the '60's and '70's didn't do the hard work and sacrifice so you could act like the worst of men. The feminist movement was not a Rake's Progress for women. If you want to speak publicly for the women, then learn to argue with reason. If you want to win the hearts and minds of the people, you must first earn their respect. And no one respects vulgar, trashy minds.
posted by Sydney on 2/17/2007 07:16:00 AM 6 comments
For years I was the only woman in the surgeon's lounge. They all said they had to quit swearing, scratching and passing gas (with gusto) while I was around.
By 8:12 AM, at
Using vulgar language does not require a bad upbringing. You make the craziest assumptions.
By 3:33 PM, at
My handicapped lawyer wife went to law school in the 70's and tolerated abuse both n school and then when looking for a job. Given "women's" work she has risen to become one of the top five legal experts in her field in the US.
By 7:55 PM, at
Marcotte's language isn't the problem; instead, it is her anti-religious rhetoric that got her into hot water.
"Using vulgar language does not require a bad upbringing. You make the craziest assumptions."
By 6:09 PM, at
"shitstorm" was the mildest of Amanda's phrases. Sydney just doesn't want to disgrace her blog with the rest of it. Further, the language was used in conjunction with some of the most sacred (literally) topics imaginable. If she'd been discussing the latest porno flick, it would not be nearly as big a deal as it was.
By 12:23 PM, at